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ISBN13: 9780345359322
ISBN10: 0345359321
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"Entertaining, and in the best sense of the word, unsettling."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Fueled by a powerful curiosity--and by a need to see and feel and hear, firsthand and close-up--Michael Crichton's travels have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling. This is a record of those travels--an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

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Stephen Moore, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Stephen Moore)
I have read most of the novels written by Michael Crichton, both the popular, such as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park", and the less-well-known, such as "Eaters of the Dead." The corpus is diverse but there are continuous threads which recur, prompting one to wonder about the author: what were the sources in his life of these interests? His non-fiction memoir "Travels" offers some answers. The first eighty pages of the book recount his adventures as a medical student at Harvard University. The style is very similar to his writing in an earlier non-fiction book called "Five Patients" published in 1970. The remainder of the book alternates between stories of his adventures as a world traveler and his adventures as a person interested in psychic phenomena. In an oblique way, it explains how he left a career in medicine for a career as a novelist, screenwriter, motion picture director and television producer. His view of the paranormal is well grounded in his own experiences and distinctly non-whacky. The writing is witty and self-deprecating. The sources of his themes -- that human wisdom has not kept pace with advances in technology and that complex systems are prone to break down in unforeseen and disastrous way -- can be found in his travels, both around the world and inside his own head. Crichton died in 2008, leaving a partially completed manuscript for his next novel "Micro." His estate commissioned Richard Preston to complete it. I bought it and I'll read it, if only to bring closure to my enjoyment of all of his work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345359322
Author:
Crichton, Michael
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books ed.
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbou
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xi, 417 p.
Dimensions:
6.84x4.26x1.07 in. .44 lbs.

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